ARCHBISHOP RAYMOND HUNTHAUSEN
POST VATICAN II
From YEAR OF THE WARNING, Vol. III, p. 14 (distributed by Our Lady of Roses
Shrine, Bayside, NY). "Archbishop Raymond Hunthausenm of Seattle suggested
last June (1981) that Americans protest the nuclear arms race by
withholding 50% of their taxes (something under three percent of each tax
dollar goes to nuclear weaponry). For good measure, the archbishop referred
to the nearby US Navy Base for ballistic missile submarines as `the
Aushwitz of Puget Sound.'"
From CATHOLIC NEW YOPRK, 3/12/87. "Key Church Officials of the Seattle
Archdiocese and the Pacific Northwest met March 6 and 7 with the Vatican's
special commission (Cardinal O'Connor, New York; Cardinal Bernardin,
Chicago; Archbishop Quinn, San Francisco) assessing the Church situation in
Seattle following the division of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen's
From Minneapolis STAR AND TRIBUNE, 9/24/86. "Hunthausen, who has been
accused of tolerating liberal practices in marriage annulments, liturgy and
other shheres, was ordered by the Vatican this month to relinquish much of
his authority to an auxiliary bishop (Wuerl).
"Priests and others in the Seattle archdiocese have begun petition
drives seeking restoration of Hunthausen's powers. Laighi (apostolic
nuncio) said the effort was pointless. (Another priest had said, `The
church is not a democracy.'
"One of the nation's most influential Roman Catholic bishops, Archbishop
Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, has strongly questionned the Vatican's
efforts to impose a stricter orthodoxy on the American Church by
disciplining leaders who dissent.
"It was the first time a leading American bishiop has criticized a
series of Vatican actions such as those against Archbishop Raymond
Hunthausen of Seattle, the Rev. Charles Curran of ther Catholic University,
"Weakland asserts that in the pursuit of purity of doctrine there is a
need `to avoid the fanaticisism and small-mindedness that has characterized
so many periods of the church in its history - tendencies that lead to much
cruelty, suppression of theologiacal creativity and lack of growth.'
"Without mentioning names, the liberal archbishop pointedly challenged
the scope of the Vatican's campaign of orthodoxy. Although Weakland has
refrained from direct comment on the Hunthausen and Curran matters, his
office mailed the columns to several reporters who had asked him for his
"In interviews, at least two other bishops, Leroy Matthiesen of
Amarillo, Texas and Thomas Gumbleton, auxliliary bishop of Detroit have
criticized ther Vatican decisions. But they do not have the stature of the
scholarly Weakland, 59, the former head of the worldwide Benedictine order
From St. Louis POST-DISPATCH, 10/11/86. "If the Vatican continues to move
against liberal American church leaders with disciplinary measures, large
numbers of U.S. Cathoilics may break with the Church, says a Catholic
archbishop. Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee says that the growth of a
mentality similar to the one that developed in recent decades in Holland is
a definite possibility if the Vatican continues to interfere in U.S. church
"Weakland is one of the nation's most influential liberal bishops. He is
the only bishop in the country who has publicly come to Hunthausen's
"Surveys show a majority of U.S. Catholics hold views that differ
sharply from church leaders on divorce, birth control, marriage for priests
and the ordination of women.
"`The whole American society is anti-institutional and they bring that
attitude to the church,' Weakland said,.
"In Amarillo, Texas, Bishop Leroy Matthiesen urged workers in a local
armaments plant to quit rather than continue to assemble nuclear warheads.
"Further quote from Weakland, `How vast the uneasiness is out there
among priests and lay people.'
From the Lewiston, Maine DAILY SUN, 5/28/87. "Seattle archbishop restored
by Vatican. The Vatican has agreed to restore full powers over the Seatle
archdiocese to liberal Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, but a panel of U.S.
prelates said Wednesday that doctrinal and liturgical aberrations must be
"Pope John Paul II also named Bishop Thomas Murphy, 54, of Great Falls,
Montana as coadjutor, or assistant, to Hunthausen. Murphy's duties were not
immediately clear, but normally a coadjutor eventually would succeed the 65-
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